‘Who am I to settle for just reaching the Block when I can Reach the Globe? Be Courageous and Reach BIG!’
When all the words have been written, and all the phrases have been spoken, the great mystery of life will still remain. We may map the terrains of our
lives, measure the farthest reaches of the universe, but no amount of searching will ever reveal for certain whether we are all children of chance or part of a
And who among us would have it otherwise? Who would wish to take the mystery out of the experience of looking into a newborn infant’s eyes? Who would not feel in violation of something great if we had knowledge of what has departed when we stare into the face of one who has died? These are the events that made us human, that define the distance between the stars and us.
Still, this life is not easy. Much of its mystery is darkness. Tragedies occur, injustices exist. Bad things befall good people and sufferings are visited upon the innocent. To live we must take the lives of other species, to survive we must leave some of our brothers and sisters by the side of the road. We are prisoners of time, victims of biology, hostages of our own capacity to dream.
At times it all seems too much, impossible to accept.
We must stand against this. The world is a great mysterious place, and it’s possibilities are infinite, governed only by what our hearts can conceive. If we incline our hearts towards the darkness, we will see darkness. If we incline them toward the light, we will see the light.
Those of great heart have always known this. They have understood that, as honorable as it is to see the wrong and try to correct it, a life well lived must somehow celebrate the promise that life provides. The darkness at the limits of our knowledge; the darkness that sometimes seem to surround us is merely a way to make us reach beyond certainty, to make our lives a witness to hope, a testimony to possibility, an urge toward the best and the most honorable impulses that our hearts can conceive.
It is not hard. There is in each of us, no matter how humble, a capacity for love. Even if our lives have not taken the course we had envisioned, even if we are less than the shape of our dreams, we are part of the human family. Somewhere, in the most inconsequential corners of our lives, is the opportunity for love.
If I am blind, I can run my hand across the back of a shell and celebrate beauty. If I have no legs, I can sit in quiet wonder before the restless murmurs of the sea. If I am wounded in spirit, I can reach out my hand to those who are hurting. If I am lonely, I can go among those who are desperate for love. There is no tragedy or injustice so great, no life so small and inconsequential, that we cannot bear witness to the light in the quiet acts and hidden moments of our days.
And who can say which of these acts and moments will make a difference? The universe is vast and is a magical membrane of meaning, stretching across time and space, and it is not given to us to know her secrets and her ways. Perhaps we were placed here to meet the challenge of a single moment; perhaps the touch we give will cause the touch that will change the world.
‘At times, other’s Words speak better for you than your Words can.’ I didn’t Write these Words but after I came across them I had to publish them here for others to read and Marvel/Ponder at.
My Friends, Embrace the Mystery…
LOVE ISN’T TO BLAME…
‘Upon reading the ‘Washington Post’ on Valentine’s Day there was an article that posed the question, ‘LOVE…Why are We drawn to it? Why do We seek It and Want It?’ Simple! Because LOVE is what GOD Wants Us to do. Yeah, We can Fight against It. Flee from It. Fear It. Hate It. Speak Pessimistically about It. Feel that LOVE/LOVING makes One weak but the TRUTH is, We ALL Want and Long for LOVE‘s Touch upon Our Lives. GOD has placed in each and every One of Us the Want for anoher Individual to share Life and LOVE with. And, Everything that We do, mostly the Wrong things to acquire It, is a Seeking for LOVE. Yes, many of Us say that We have been hurt by LOVE but LOVE doesn’t Hurt because IT‘s PERFECT. We, People, Men, Women are the source that cause each other the Pain by having Wrong motives and being Selfish and then it looks as if LOVE is the culprit. (It’s so eay for Us to blame LOVE.) LOVE is the Greatest of Them ALL! GOD is LOVE! We ALL Want LOVE! It’s time to Stop making LOVE a MONSTER that will bring about Our demise and grasp It and allow IT to be exactly what IT is…PERFECT…And, allow IT to bring into Our Lives exactly what We ALL Want…Joy…’
LOVE, My Friend, IT’s PERFECT!
CHEESE…Everything Is Better With CHEESE On Top
-‘A SMILE…Is it the Question or the Answer?’
CHEESE…Who doesn’t LOVE CHEESE? All over a Pizza, on top of a ‘Mouth-Watering Burger,’ covering Eggs in the Morning, topping Toast, paired with Wine and Crusty Breads, entangled within Macaroni, as a Pool for foods to take a Swim in while Fondue Dipping or as a simple Snack. I don’t know of too many People that don’t LOVE CHEESE. It’s just So Good and in most cases ‘Good for You!’
As I ponder CHEESE and My LOVE for its ‘Pungent, Tart, Creamy, Sweetness’ it brings to Mind the idea of CHEESE in another sense…
You know that Image that We see upon People’s faces when they are Happy, Joyful, Elated, ‘Feeling Good…’ You know? When they are posing for a Picture, they Flash that part of them that Opens up their Hearts…You know, You hear it ALL of the time right before the Camera’s button is pushed or the Flash burst to capture the image, ‘Say…CHEESE!’ Yes…That’s it…The SMILE! Or as We so often refer to it, ‘CHEESING!’…
Me, Myself… I am a Naturally Smiling Person and I LOVE flashing a Smile at everyone that I meet because it shows that I am open to receiving Smiles and it also shows that I am not an Angry or Unhappy Person. As I go about Life and the Day to Day activities, meeting People in passing along the way, I notice that so many People wear Frowns or Perpetual ‘Mean Mugs’ on their faces instead of SMILES, moving Me to ask the question, ‘Is Life that Bad?’ ‘Is there something that these People know that I don’t that causes them to Frown instead of SMILE?’ ‘Am I Crazy for My LOVE of SMILING and wearing a SMILE?’ ‘Should I wear a Frown too?’ ‘What’s wrong with the World today?’ ‘Why are We so Angry?’ ‘Why won’t You SMILE?’
I guess I just don’t understand why People don’t want to project the BETTER side of themselves by SMILING or wearing a Happy or more Welcoming look upon their faces. We walk around in today’s Society as if We are Angry at everyone and everything, as if someone just told Us that things will never get any BETTER or as if We just Lost Our last Friend. Living this way makes it seem as if We are a Society of Unhappy individuals that are simply passing the Days away and not Enjoying the Moments that GOD gives Us. This alone should be reason to wear a SMILE instead of Frowning…
My Friend… My Reader….SMILE! Put some CHEESE on TOP!!! It’s so much BETTER to SMILE and allow Your face to Shine in the presence of others and have it say to them, ‘Hey! Life is Great! Here’s a SMILE for You! Enjoy it!’ and hopefully it will be as Contagious as the Flu, affecting Everyone for the BETTER!
‘I feel that a SMILE is the Answer to the Question…’
-R. Kelly ‘More & More’
As I sat at the window this Morning enjoying My cup of Coffee and watching the Amazing Movement of the Morning as it performed it’s Natural progression into Afternoon, I wondered what I would write about today. As there are always many topics on My mind and many things that I continue to want to write about, I had to search Myself, My Mind, My surroundings for Inspiration. As I watched the Shadows continue to shift outside the window with the continued ‘higher-rising’ of the Sun, having a bag of M&Ms staring back at Me from the counter, I thought of the topics of LOVE, Truth, Education, Fear, Our World, Relationships and a plethora of others. Then I looked back at that bag of candies and I asked Myself, ‘M&Ms, as if they would reply, ‘What are you saying to Me?’ ‘What message is hidden in your Sweetness, your Rainbow of Colors, in your Logo?’, and right there it hit Me…
That’s what it seems we ALL want, right? More&More…More&More money to spend on Wants! More&More things to label Our Worth! More&More attention to feel that We matter! More&More time to do ALL that We want to do and accomplish Our endeavors! More&More education, not to Learn but to Earn! More&More people liking us so that we feel that We are Important! More&More hours in the Day so that We have time to
accomplish More&More Goals! More&More hours at Night so that We can rest Our bodies after trying to do More&More during the Day…
Its ok to want More&More when it’s for the Right reasons, actually it’s a GOOD thing to want to better oneself and progress in one’s Life but to simply want More&More for selfish reasons, or to have others say how successful you are, or because one is not Grateful for what GOD has Blessed them with or to want More&More because one feels that THAT ‘ONE MORE THING’ is going to bring them that Happiness that keeps eluding them is, I won’t say Wrong but I will say, ‘It’s for the Wrong reasons!’
More&More doesn’t bring One Happiness and if it does, it’s Short-Lived not permanent Joy. More&More doesn’t make One worth anything because Nothing outside of Us can make Us more than We already are and if it does, One has fallen for the ‘LIE.’ More&More doesn’t make One any more Important than the next One, if so; One has an elevated and ‘CONCEITED’ idea of themselves. More&More doesn’t make anyone Like or LOVE One anymore than if they had less and if it does those individuals are around or One’s Friends due to the More&More that they are in possession of.
ALL of the Wanting of More&More is truly a searching for and a Longing for More&More LOVE, which is what We Truly Want. No matter what anyone says, LOVE is what We are ALL in search of and Long for and that is the reason We strive for More&More, thinking that it will bring Us or offer Us that LOVE. When that LOVE that We want continues to elude Us We look for LOVE in More&More Things, Money, Status, Material,
Situations, Opportunities, Associations, etc., ‘Imitations of LOVE’ but none of it will take the place of the Real Unconditional LOVE that We seek from GOD or from those people in Our Lives that LOVE Us or will continue to LOVE Us whether We have More&More or not.
More&More, just like the M&Ms Candies in the bag, it might be Good to you but continuing to eat More&More
from the bag or get More&More in your Life doesn’t mean that it’s the BEST for you or Your answer for LOVE
My Friend…True Happiness and Joy isn’t found in More&More outside of Us, it’s found in Unconditional LOVE from GOD and HE adds the More&More in Your Life that You really need.
‘Will Your More&More melt in Your Hands or will Your More&More last Forever?
Nothing Outside of Us Makes Us Anything…We Already Are…
While watching television a few days ago and in conversation about all of the craziness continually going on in our World, images were projected upon the screen showing people in so-called third World countries that seemed to us that have ‘more,’ those individuals that don’t seem to be in the best positions or the best situations, seem to be so Happy and full of Joy. Always projecting Smiles and in Good-Spirits no matter what chaos was or is going on around them. The question was posed how do they do it? How do they continue to keep a Positive attitude in the face of chaos, disaster and so much destruction? They simply ‘Choose to!’
Upon thinking about that for a moment it occurred to Me that those of Us with ‘so much,’ with so many things outside of Us defining who we are as individuals and as a people, we would not in any way understand the Joy these people feel or project in their situations. When you are an individual that does not allow your Happiness or Joy to be defined by things or circumstances around you, you are an individual that has the ability to be Happy and Joyous at ALL times. That is the difference between those of us that are Truly Happy and those of us that are only Happy when things seem to be the way that we want them to be. The latter type of Happiness is not Happiness at all. A sorry substitution for it…
We can actually learn a Great lesson from these people that seem to be less fortunate than we are. We can learn the lesson that the Happiness and Joy that we are searching outside of ourselves for is already there within us and that those things outside of us do not define us or bring us Happiness or Joy. We have to be Happy and filled with Joy before those things are given to us or before we attain those things. If we are not Happy or Joyous before we obtain those things we will only be Happy for a short period after getting them and we will find that those ‘THINGS’ outside of us do not bring Happiness and Joy at ALL, just a sorry, short-lived, Fictional substitute for it.
We need to make the decision to be Happy and Joyous right where we are, no matter what the situation looks like because waiting upon situations and circumstances to CHANGE for the better or waiting upon the acquiring of ‘things’ will not bring you Happiness or Joy, only appeasement that has a short Lifespan.
My friend…Are you Happy and Joyous right where you are…in your current situation…or are you waiting on things to materialize in your World before you are Happy and Joy-Filled? Choose to be Happy and Joyous NOW because those ‘things’ outside of you will not bring it to you, no matter what the World tries to get you to believe.
Like the quote says, ‘We are about as Happy as we Choose to be…’ Not, ‘We are as Happy as the things outside of Us choose to make Us…’
GOD Bless…My Friend!